Go directly to the CourseRoom in Blackboard to start a new discussion or to joinan existing discussion.2The only time a student should start a discussion is when introducing an altogether newtopic or when a question needs to be answered.
: Students should never start
a discussion as part of participation in an assignedtopic. If a student starts a new discussion rather than participating in the thread begun bythe instructor, credit may not be granted for participation.3Be descriptive when naming contributions to a discussion. The document title (the areawhere a discussion submission is described) is what other students use to decide if theywant to read or participate in the discussion. Be descriptive and creative.4The purpose of discussion assignments is for students to exchange thoughts on a topicand to learn from one another.
Do not confuse “email responses” to instructors with “discussion forum” participation.
An email response to the instructor typically notates answering a homework question.
Students participate in class by responding to discussion threads started by theinstructor. Therefore,
no email responses to a threaded discussion will be accepted.
Class Discussion Community
The purpose of the threaded discussion area is to help students synthesize ideas about coursetopics and carry out group work collaboratively. The following is a list of tips for posting to theClass Discussion Community:1.Keep messages related to topics that are pertinent to course topics.
Make sure your response is thoughtful. Responses of “I agree” add nothing to the contentof the discussion. Mention why you agree, refer to other points raised and try to put your response in context.3.Do not post virus warnings, spam or chain email messages.4.Keep criticism constructive. Discussion forums are a good place to debate issues, butkeep the focus on the issues. Never attack anyone personally.
Remain respectful when you disagree with someone or are angry with another student or teacher. Do not EVER use flames or insults. Flames and insults, on- or off-line,
WILLNOT BE TOLERATED
Bold or capitalized words and sentences in posts are typically interpreted asstrong emphasis of a point, whereas an entire message in all-caps is typically interpretedas anger or abuse.
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